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A Feminist Legacy: The Rhetoric and Pedagogy of Gertrude Buck


reviewed by Jane Donawerth — January 08, 2008

coverTitle: A Feminist Legacy: The Rhetoric and Pedagogy of Gertrude Buck
Author(s): Suzanne Bordelon
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale
ISBN: 0809327481, Pages: 243, Year: 2007
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This book richly contextualizes the academic life and scholarly publications in composition and education of Gertrude Buck (1871-1922). Buck was born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and was the first person to take a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition, under Fred Newton Scott and John Dewey at the University of Michigan. Buck first taught at the Detroit Normal Training School under the administration of Harriet M. Scott, her mentor's sister, and with her composed her first book, Organic Education: A Manual for Teachers in Primary and Grammar Grades (1897). Buck's dissertation, The Metaphor: A Study in the Psychology of Rhetoric (diss. 1898, book 1899) was published, and in 1897 she began teaching at Vassar, where she remained for the rest of her life. Besides editions of literary works and articles for scholarly journals, Buck also published Figures of Rhetoric: A Psychological Study (1895), A Course in Expository Writing (1899) with... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: January 08, 2008
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14872, Date Accessed: 10/20/2017 1:55:22 PM

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  • Jane Donawerth
    University of Maryland
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    JANE DONAWERTH, professor of English and affiliate in Women's Studies at the University of Maryland, has published books on Shakespeare and language, early modern women's writings, and science fiction by women, and she is co-editor of Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal. She is editor of the anthology, Rhetorical Theory by Women before 1900, and she has recently won prizes for her co-translation of selected rhetorical writings by Madeleine de Scudéry and her essay in Sixteenth Studies on Margaret Fell's reading and writing practices. She is currently working on a study of conversation as a model of discourse in rhetorical theory by women.
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